Before you fire up the grill or light one single firework this July 4th holiday, be sure you take a few minutes to make sure your pet is safe and comfortable. Many pets become stressed and scared during this holiday weekend, and due to the added noise and extra people coming and going, sometimes get loose and become lost. Here’s how you can keep your dog safe during July 4th this year.
Make Sure your Dog has ID
Whether it’s a collar and ID tags, a microchip or a tattoo, make sure your pet has identification at all times. Your local vet can insert a microchip just under your pet’s skin that when scanned displays all of your contact information should he become lost at any time. If your pet wears a collar with ID tags, make sure they are easy to read and contain current information.
No “People Food” for Fido
With so much food and so many people around during the holiday weekend, it can be difficult keeping your dog’s diet in check. While you may think it’s okay to give him a bite of burger here or a taste of potato salad there, keep in mind that many human foods are not only toxic to your pet, they can be deadly, too. The best thing to do is to keep your pet on his normal diet and avoid giving him any “people food” this July 4th.
Fireworks make for an Unhappy Dog
Many dogs are terrified of fireworks – the loud bangs, hoots and hollers from guests, and the bright flashes of light cause increased anxiety and stress for your pet. To keep him as comfortable as possible this July 4th, create a safe place within your home for him to “hide” from all the revelry, and make sure all windows and doors are securely closed and locked so he can’t escape if he gets startled. Create a distraction from the noise by playing classical music or turning on The Animal Planet.
Keep Fido Cool
Smack dab in the middle of summer, July 4th can get pretty hot. Dogs are especially susceptible to heat stroke so make sure your pet has access to plenty of shade and cool water, and limit his activity in the heat of the day. Symptoms of heat stroke include excessive panting, drooling, low urine output and/or muscle tremors. Contact your vet immediately if you notice signs of heat stroke because the condition can quickly turn deadly.
It’s the Fourth of July – Do you know Where your Pets are?
With all the hub-bub going on around you, it can be easy to lose sight of your pet. Your dog’s instinct is to stay by your side, but all it takes is one guest to forget to close a door or a gate and Fido could be gone. Make sure to keep your dog on a leash when outdoors, and give him a break with a reprieve indoors once in a while. Always know where he is and take extra measures to make sure he stays there.